IRIS Software Group announces 2012
26 Jul 2012
We are delighted to announce that our Charity of the Year for financial year 2012-2013 will be Make-A-Wish Foundation®UK.
Headquartered in Camberley, Surrey, the charity has a very simple - yet challenging - objective: to grant magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.
Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in the UK in 1986 and since then has granted over 7,700 wishes. IRIS CEO Phill Robinson comments, “IRIS is proud to be associated with Make-A-Wish and to helping the charity to achieve its target of raising over £6.8 million every year to continue granting life-enhancing wishes.”
Bringing the magic touch to children’s lives
The first £10,000 of employee-led fund-raising will be matched by the company and partnership should create valuable opportunities for IRIS employees to use some of their Giving Back days in volunteering for Make-A-Wish.
Jonathan Sandall, Head of Corporate and Trust Fundraising at Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, says, “We are delighted that IRIS, one of the UK’s largest private software specialists, has chosen Make-A-Wish as its charity partner for this year. We will work hard to support staff’s fundraising efforts across their four UK offices and will ensure that every penny raised will help make a world of difference to some very special young lives.” Incoming donations are used to fund a whole range of life-enhancing experiences, from£10 to fund lunch during a wish visit to London to £1,000 for family accommodation at the Disney Resort in Paris.
A rigorous selection process
Explaining the process that led to the choice of Make-A-Wish, IRIS CSR Officer Ros Campbell says, “From an employee survey in May, we identified three front-runners, from whom we ultimately selected Make-A-Wish. It was a tough decision, following a rigorous process of employee voting and presentations to the volunteers who form our charity council. This ensures that everyone is on board and committed to the cause.”
Last year, IRIS raised £85,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, its first official charity partner.
- To find out more about Make-A-Wish, visit www.make-a-wish.org.uk
- See the difference that Make-A-Wish makes view ‘Watch our Wish’ videos
About IRIS Software
With 30 years' experience, the IRIS Software Group provides business critical software and services to the UK accountancy and SME sectors. More than 15,000 UK accountants and 30,000 small and medium sized companies rely on IRIS everyday to run their business.
IRIS Accountancy Solutions offers customers the greatest choice of specialist accountancy software and services managed under three leading brands - IRIS, PTP and Drummohr. With 98% customer retention, 2.5 million tax returns successfully filed with HMRC and 60% of the top 50 practices as customers, IRIS is the most trusted accountancy software provider in the UK today.
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IRIS SME Solutions provides payroll technology to over 30,000 SMEs and payroll bureaus. As a leading provider of payroll software, IRIS serves a number of sectors, including 70% of UK GP practices and a growing number of UK retailers. More than 10% of the UK workforce are paid via IRIS solutions.
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